Our generation now seeks to fend for themselves and mostly resort to meeting people in the virtual world.
The big sites can be great for getting access to a wide range of profiles but often you’ll have more success if you can narrow your search.
“I used the name Calamity Jane when I set up my profile,” says Suzy Black.
“I wanted to show I had a sense of humour and that I was the kind of girl who’s happier in trousers on a horse than in a skirt on a barstool! Using underscores, hyphens or numbers in your username makes it more difficult for people to remember your name, so try to avoid it. There is no excuse for using out of date or out of focus photos.
“I joined a site that’s linked to the newspaper I read,” says Gaby Blaine.
“That way I knew that people I met would have similar outlooks to me.” Think about your interests, your hobbies, religion, age group, the kind of relationship you’re after, anything that helps define who you are, then find a site that matches you best. Aside from privacy issues, using your real name is a missed opportunity to let your personality shine.